UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 26 APRIL 2012 AT 9.30 EET
1) EBITDA is operating profit before depreciation, amortisation and impairment charges, excluding the change in value of biological assets, excluding the share of results of associated companies and joint ventures, and special items.
Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO, comments the first quarter of 2012:
Even though the low profitability of the European paper industry as a whole is unacceptable, our paper business is heading to the right direction. The Myllykoski integration proceeded as planned and we could already see the first material cost synergies. Consolidation and the consequent streamlining of costs is the most efficient way to improve the cost competiveness of this industry.
In Paper business, we prioritised margin over volumes and our total sales margin in euro terms was maintained despite decreasing deliveries. Variable costs are expected to start increasing slightly later in the year underlining the importance of our continued attention to margin management.
In Pulp business profitability recovered, demonstrating the competitiveness of our pulp assets in all market conditions. Also Energy and Label businesses continued with strong performance.
Our view for the first half of the year has moderately improved and therefore we estimate that the operating profit for the first half of the year excluding special items is estimated to be slightly up compared to second half of last year.
During the quarter we completed the divestment of the RFID business. The sale of packaging paper to Billerud is in the regulatory process and we look forward to completing the sale in the second quarter. In April, we concluded the sale of the remaining shares of Metsä-Fibre (Botnia) completing the journey started in 2009. We are also expecting a PVO dividend payment related to the sale of Fingrid assets to materialise during the second quarter.
All this will positively contribute to our balance sheet. UPM’s financial position is strong; we can maintain competitive operations and at the same time implement growth initiatives,” says Pesonen.
Global economic growth is expected to continue in 2012. In Europe, however, economic growth is weak and uncertainty persists.
UPM’s cost level decreased in Q1 2012 and is expected to stay broadly on the same level during Q2 2012. Variable costs are expected to start increasing later during the year. The realisation of the Myllykoski cost synergies is expected to continue as planned, and more than EUR 100 million cost synergies are expected to contribute to UPM’s full-year 2012 results.
For more information please contact:
Mr Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0001
Mr Tapio Korpeinen, CFO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0004
Later in the afternoon, UPM's President and CEO Jussi Pesonen will present the Interim Report in a press conference held in Finnish language at UPM Group Head Office in Helsinki (main entrance, Eteläesplanadi 2) on 26 April, at 14:15 Finnish time (12:15 BST, 07:15 EST).
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